- A cesarean section is the birth of a baby by surgery.
- You may need a c-section if there are problems with your pregnancy.
- Recovery from a c-section is longer than from a vaginal birth.
Most likely you'll have regional anesthesia so you can stay awake for your baby's birth. This kind of anesthesia numbs you from below your breasts all the way down to your toes. If you have an emergency c-section, you may need general anesthesia. General anesthesia makes you go to sleep during the surgery.