I don't have a scheduled c-section this time, but last time I had an unexpected c-section transfer and while I'm trying for a hbac, I know another c-section is a possibility here.
I 100% needed my partner in the room with me the 2 nights in the hospital. We splurged/sacrificed for a private room because there was no way I could co-sleep and nurse and take care of the baby all night without him. My nurses were very hands-off (thankfully) with the baby when they saw I knew what I was doing and was confident. But it was a very small, special hospital that doesn't exist anymore.
At home, I needed help the first 2 weeks especially, and could do a *bit* more after that. But it's bare minimum get myself a bowl of cereal so I don't pass out, and leave 100% of the cleaning for later. Our apt was small, so laundry was right next to the bedroom and things were a bit easier because of that. And we still needed to share the middle of the night wakings (I nursed, he did everything/anything else).
We hired a PP doula, but didn't end up needing her. We didn't lose any money over it (bartered), but I felt silly because there wasn't anything for her to do really. I was very used to newborns and BFing and didn't need advice. But other moms swear by having someone else around.
This time I will probably need more help for longer, but mostly because of my 3 year old. I can't see entertaining him all day, taking him outside, etc. while recovering from surgery!