A virtual birthing simulator will allow doctors to take into account a mother's body shape and the position of the baby to anticipate difficulties in complex birth situations. "Because this program is patient-specific, doctors and midwives will be able to see how a birth may take place before it has happened on a case-by-case basis. For example, you would be able to see if a baby's shoulders will get stuck," said Rudy Lapeer of the school of computing sciences at the U.K.'s University of East Anglia.

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