Birth complications 'can affect decisions for the next patient'

US study shows a slight tendency for obstetricians to change delivery mode if their previous delivery was tricky

After complications during their patient's vaginal delivery, doctors are more likely to switch to caesarean delivery with the next patient, a study shows.

Doctors delivering a baby by caesarian

Likewise, after complications during a caesarean delivery, the next delivery they assist is more apt to be vaginal, US researchers report in Science.

"Physicians rely on heuristics — simplified decision rules — to make delivery decisions under uncertainty," said sole author Dr Manasvini Singh of