As medical director of women’s services, David Soper, M.D., is used to crises. In obstetrics, it’s normal fare. Even in the pregnancies that are “normal,” about 15 percent will take a surprising turn.

He’s calm, cool and collected during those crises. But get him talking about how lives will be impacted by the new Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion, and he tears up. Technology has advanced so much that abnormalities can be diagnosed during ultrasounds at 10 weeks, when the baby is the size of a lima bean...Continue