I went thru c-section in 2008 in Kandang Kerbau Hospital. Was in labour for 24hrs but cervix still didnt dilated so doc advised me for c-section. Basically you wun feel anything and you'll be awake to "see" the process. Well, you'll be covered by the cloth infront of you but you can feel movements yet not painful at all. For me, i took epidural so i was numb from chest to my legs.
about your low-lying placenta... currently my doc said im having that too for my second baby. It scares me alot. I really wanna do normal birth. Doc said have to wait till im 34 weeks to know if my placenta goes up or not. But just a question, does your tumy always feels pain? Im having pains on my right side of my tummy and making me very giddy and feels like fainting.