I had placenta previa, and had to have a scheduled c/s. A couple days beforehand, I was asked to go to the outpatient lab to have my blood screened and typed (since there was the possibility I would need blood-- especially because two large maternal vessels at the placenta site were located right next to my cervix). I believe I was asked to go early like that, because my c/s was to be done on a Monday and the lab was closed on the weekend. Anyway, I didn't go beforehand, they ended up doing the type and screen a couple of hours before the c/s.
I was told to shower that morning, and to come in a couple of hours before the surgery. Once I was there, I put on a gown, they did the usual pre-op checks, did a quick monitor of the baby, and placed an IV in me. I had to have two IVs-- it would have been one in each arm, but my veins weren't very good in the one so the two IVs ended up being in the same arm. (Had to have two, because of the risk of bleeding from the previa-- they wanted to have the extra line in case they had to push fluids into me and do a transfusion.) Since we had requested to me the anesthesiologist before the c/s started, he did the IVs. He used the largest gauge needles; knowing that he was going to do that, I requested he give me some freezing before he inserted them. I'm so glad that I did!
I asked the anesthesiologist about some sort of anti-anxiety medication, because I was going to hit the roof with my anxiety, and he was willing to give me something before the surgery... but when he told me that it could cause memory loss, I decided it wasn't worth it. When it was time to go for the c/s, I walked to the OR with my OB, DH and midwife, and the team of nurses were in front and behind us as we made that trek. DH had to wait outside the OR, while they got me ready.
I climbed onto the table, sat up, the table was raised, and the anesthesiologist injected the local freezing (same as what I had for the IVs), and then the spinal. I layed down, and then it got really busy as the screen went up, they put in a catheter (but already at that point, I couldn't feel it), hooked up the blood pressure, heart monitor and O2 monitor etc. I was asked repeatedly what I could feel/couldn't feel, as the bag of ice was passed along my legs and abdomen, as they were waiting for spinal to be in full effect.
Once all that was done and they were ready to start, they brought my DH in and he sat beside me. I don't know what my midwife was doing all that time, but once the surgery began I was aware that she was off the side also, just kind of in behind DH. She could see the surgery take place, but DH was right there with me with the screen in front of us. When my DD was ready to come out, the OB told DH he could stand up so that he could see and take pictures. (Normally, the anesthesiologist we had wouldn't allow the partner to stand up and peer over the screen, but in our case he let this happen because DH is a paramedic and wouldn't faint or get upset.)
In addition to the pics, the OB also did delayed cord clamping, and we did skin-to-skin about 1 minute or so after she had been assessed at the warming table. All of this were things we had discussed with the OB in advance, and it was agreed upon that it would happen provided that me and the baby were stable. It was great-- I wouldn't have known to even ask for these things, had it not been for some mamas on mdc here who told me about natural or gentle cesarean births. So grateful for that!
That's about as much as I remember as to what happened before and during the c/s... I'd be happy to answer any questions about this, if you have any.