Most women are awake during a caesarean, but there is no need to be squeamish as, unless you request otherwise, a screen will be held up. All you will see is your baby as they are being handed to you.
The anesthetist will chat through your pain relief options before things get underway and your medical team will explain what is going on at all times.
A pediatrician will do initial checks on your baby once they are delivered. If there are no immediate concerns it is usually possible for baby be handed straight to you.
Provided you and baby are doing well, you will both be moved to a postnatal ward. Baby will stay near you and the midwives will be able to assist during your post-op recovery period. The day after your operation you will be encouraged to get out of bed and most mums are able to go home around four days after the C-section.