My C-section was an emergency section as well. My little one was in distress as she was too big, and never dropped at all, even at 9 cm dilated! The doctors later told me it was her positioning, she had her head sideways and would not turn.
They never doped me out before hand, but again, I was already in active labor, and I had the laughing gas and the pain shot in the hip (sorry I do not know to correct name for it
). It really isn't that bad though. IF you are going to be really nervous about it though, I can not see why they can not give you a slight sedative to relax you a bit. Just ask your doctor BEFORE you go in, as it can get to be quite hectic once in.
I could not move during the op. I was dead from the chest down, and the strapped my arms to the table and covered me in plastic to keep me warm. You are awake, but very dopey because of the meds they put in the IV. The only thing I felt was some pulling and pressure sensations, but again I could not move.
I do not know the difference between a spinal block and an epidural. I would think as the previous poster said, it is the meds used.
If you go into to labor before your scheduled section date, then they will perform the section when you arrive at the hospital. It will be a little more hectic, but should not be a problem.
It is a very nerve wrecking ordeal, but the thought and anticipation is the worst part. I actually jumped while the were doing the epidural, which you're not supposed to move for, but they didn't warn me of what they were doing. (as if I didn't know
). But it was super hectic, and I was at this point in alot of pain. The section itself is not as bad as it sounds. As I said, I did not feel anything but a little tugging and pressure, and before I knew it my daughter was out. Just ask that the anesthesiologist be close by, (and they usually are) as the IV meds made me super nauseous, so he had to quickly combat that so I didn't get sick.
Good Luck. And again, it is really not as bad as one would suspect. And the end result is more than worth it