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After more than a decade as an OB-GYN, Darine El-Chaâr still finds late-stage emergency C-sections to be hard. Labor can drag on for days without a baby being born, at which point the situation grows dangerous.

“Many times I walk to the operating room, and I’m like, I’m so sorry that you got so far and now this is where you are,” said El-Chaâr, a physician at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.  “It’s nobody’s fault. It’s just … you’ve tried, and the only way to know is if you try.”

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