Jostaint, congrats on your pregnancy! I will try to answer your questions, and sorry if I repeat anything (I didn't re-read my old post).
I am not sure if there are situations where a doctor would need to cut through the placenta, but my placenta was posterior, so there was nothing there on the front of it where they cut in, so no vessels were cut. The vessels were around the cervix, not the front of the uterus. Even if they do have to cut through the placenta (I'm unsure if that is something they do), that would be seconds to clamp the cord, so not very much bleeding would occur. Even so, they would take some blood from the cord/placenta to give to the baby if her levels are low. MUCH better than bleeding happening when the mom is 30 minutes away from incision.
I tried to get pregnant for a very long time for DD, so that may have clouded my experience of her birth, but here is my experience. I at first wanted a natural birth, of course. I wanted to do delayed cord clamping, I didn't want them taking my baby away to the warmer for a long time - all the stuff most moms on this site would want
I was holding out hope right up to the day they sent me up to the hospital when I was finally diagnosed at 35 weeks that I'd get the 'all clear' for a vaginal birth. But no, c-section it was.
I LOVE the hospital I delivered at. I loved my doctor. Except for one nurse (lol), I loved all the nurses. Even though I wouldn't have chose the c-section and I was scared, it went great. DD was 35 weeks - I had 2 steroid shots prior to her birth and she came right back to me in the recovery room (before they had even put me back in my room - within about 30 minutes). I held and nursed her right away. She nursed GREAT - I had absolutely zero nursing problems with her. She roomed in 100% of the time I was there. I had no problems with the c-section and even spent my first day home from the hospital cleaning my house (it had gotten out of control from my bedrest and week in the hospital) - and I stopped taking my painkillers on Day 3 while still in the hospital. My milk came in on Day 3 - I did request a pump and pumped to try to get it to come in because I was paranoid about that (I even ordered 8 oz of donor breast milk to be prepared in case of low blood sugar, which never happened, and I ended up not needing it).
I look back on the time with much
, just like my son's birth (vaginal) - they were different experiences, and while I wouldn't have WISHED for DD's issues, I felt so lucky to have it all turn out the way it did. Also, DD had a true knot and some other issues with her placenta. I just had just a relief to just get her OUT.
I was worried about her immunity being lower due to not being in the womb the last month. Not saying it's not better to be in the womb, but DD has been very healthy. She just got her first snotty nose (no other symptoms) last week and her first birthday is tomorrow. I got a cold before Christmas, and she never got it.
Good luck - I hope you get your vaginal birth, but if not, the important thing is all the comes AFTER birth, anyway.