The choice of epidural, spinal or combined spinal/epidural will be decided by your anaesthetist and explained to you. This will be inserted with you lying on your side curled up, or sitting up in your bed in the operating theatre or adjacent anaesthetic room.
The anaesthetist will talk you through the procedure and explain each step. Once the regional anaesthetic is working you will feel quite numb from below the breast line, and your legs may feel 'heavy'. You will often still feel movement and pressure sensations, however you will not feel pain sensations. This allows the surgery to take place while you are awake and comfortable. Your Husband or Partner will be able to be present for the birth of your baby.
For more information please refer to www.allaboutanaesthesia.com.au