Hi there, I had my DD by emergency c-section 19 mths ago and I'm having my second bub in Jan via elective c-section (had the choice and opted for this way again for lots of reasons).
I had the epi and honestly, I didn't feel a thing during surgery not even pulling or pushing. I was in labour and trying for a vaginal birth so had already had an epi and when the decision was made for an emergency c-section they just upped the epi. They checked it was working by asking me to move my feet and also running ice over me with me telling them when I could feel it. They asked if I wanted to know what was happening during the surgery, but I said no. They talked quielty amongst themselves and I really couldn't tell what they were saying. It was all over pretty quick.
I was in recovering for about 30min I think then taken to my room. My DH went with our DD when she was checked and then they both went to my room before me. She stayed with me the whole time (maybe its just the hospital I was at but babies stay with mum 24/7 unless there's a problem).
My DD was born the Sat night and I was up and around late teh next afternoon. I had the disolvable stitches and had no pain from them. They covered them with a bandage thing so my clothes wouldn't rub on them. I was a bit sore moving around for a week or to, but nothing major. I couldn't bend over or anything like that but I was still able to hold and carry DD.
Just remember a c-section is major surgery so its only natural to have some fears before hand. Just talk things over with your doctor and the midwives before and afterwards. I'm sure you'll be fine.
Jen - Vic. Mummy to Bella Alex & Tasha