I had an emergency c-section because of a footling breech with my first DS. I have a bicornuate uterus, which causes frequent breech presentation, so I might have the same problem with this one. I would also recommend against ECV. If there is a slight chance you could have a bicornuate uterus (it doesn't always show up on ultrasounds) it could be very dangerous.
My story is really wierd -- DS was breech at 5 months, breech at 35 weeks, vertex at 37 weeks, then turned footling breech again at 39 weeks!! I went into labor, had a quick and relatively painless labor, and went to the birth center at 8 cm dialated. They did a cervical exam, felt feet, and freaked out, and called an ambulance. DS was born 45 minutes later by c-section.
One thing I can say, a "planned" c-section would have been MUCH preferable to an emergency one. I was rushed, tugged, wheeled around, etc. I didn't know what was going on most of the time. A few things that I can tell you:
--I could slightly "feel" the cesarean. I had a spinal, but you can still feel tugging and it is a very very odd sensation. It really scared me at first. It happens so quickly, though!!
--I totally wish that I could have watched what was going on. I had no idea when he came out until my mom said, "Ashley, he's out!" And I saw him laid on my belly, and pee.
--Bring a camera and have someone take pictures!! I so wish I had pictures.
--I had no birth plan, but my DS was never taken away from us. He was weighed in the surgery room, then bundled for DH to carry behind me as we went to recovery. I then nursed him and snuggled him and then watched the nurse give him a little sponge bath. That part was all great. My milk came in only 2 days later, and I had lots of colostrum.
--Recovery was very painful and they made me get up and walk about 3 hours after the surgery. It was 50x more painful than labor!! Take the pain medication they give you! Be prepared for the recovery to be difficult. For me it was difficult emotionally. I couldn't get up and rock my son when he cried. I couldn't walk around the room and bounce him. For 2-3 days I really couldn't get up much at all! That is very hard, but it did mean that DH got to bond with DS.