After going to a birthing hospital in South Africa for the duration of my uneventful, healthy pregnancy and being attended by midwives overseen by an OB I came in for my 40 week appointment. The fetal monitor alerted the team that 1) the "Braxton-Hicks contractions" I'd been having for 36 hours were just plain contractions and 2) my daughter was having non-reassuing heart patterns. They decided to keep me and attempted to induce by membrane rupture, then topical, then finaly oxytocin. I was not dialated at all. They hooked me up to the FHM ever other hour throughout the night, checking my baby--at around 6 am, she started having late decels and they scheduled me for the emergency C/S, the first one of the day.
I had never planned to have a C/S, but i was so relieved to get into the OR, get my spinal and get my baby born. The whole thing was extremely fast and efficient and the team was very calm caring and practiced. My husband was not back yet from home when I went into the OR and the nurse was jokingly reassuring me. The Anesthesiologist made me feel relaxed and distracted by chatting about my tattoos while working his magic.
I was in no pain (finally) during the procedure, but very lucid. My daughter beiing delivered felt like a strong tug on the inside of my shoulder. I heard her cry and they showed me her beautiful face right away after she was born. I carry that memory with me to this day. The told me her APGAR which was a 9 and wheeled me out. I saw my husband who had just seen our daughter come out right before me. He was so thrilled.
i recovered well in the hostpital and was on my feet within 24 hours, bathing myself within 48 (my daughter was now sleeping in) and drove myself home (old VW stick) at 72. I was able to carry my daughter up a flight of stairs. The nursing staff was kind and caring and I bonded with the other C/S moms on the ward as we figured out how to breastfeed together. My daughter breastfed for 11 months, no problem, the first day of formula had no impact on her whatsoever. it also turned out for us that the worries about "nipple confusion" for bottles of expressed milk or formula were totally unfounded. I hope all other C/S moms have such a positive experience, healthy kids and excellent care. My scar is unobtrusive and painless--much less troublesome and painful than some of the changes to my cervix after my non-progressing labor.
Based on this experience I would probably not attempt a VBAC were I to get pregnant again.