I delivered my son here and had to have an emergency c-section. Since it was an emergency I had to be put completely under. Later that day the delivering doctor came to tell me why and I literally fell asleep while he was talking to me and don't remember a thing he said because I was still pretty out of it. The story I got from what they told my family is that the placenta detached and they had to act quickly. I had asked my doctor multiple times after he was born if they could read to me exactly what the treatment notes said but they always said they would tell me next time.
Years later now that I am having my second baby (with a different, much better doctor in Appleton), she pulled my record and read to me exactly what happened that day.
What actually happened is that I had a Tetanic contraction (a contraction that doesn't stop), which could have been alleviated through positioning or medication in an IV (which they had already stuck me with by this point), and it caused my son's heart rate to drop in the 60's. Yes that's low but not life or death, it's common in labor, and if doctor's performed c-sections on every baby who's heart rate dropped like this, all of them would be c-sections. They tried pushing on my belly for 3 minutes and decided to pull the plug and did an emergency c-section, of which I now have a lovely vertical incision right up to my belly button, yet they did a horizontal incision on my uterus. When I woke up an hour and a half later in recovery the nurse handed me a PICTURE of my newborn son and said, "Here's your baby."
When they brought me back to my room there were literally 20 of my family and friends standing in my room staring at me, (which was bad on my ex-husbands part). They handed me my son to hold for the first time (who I've already seen in a picture remember). And I got to hold him for a whopping 2 minutes before my ex-husband took him from me and passed him around to the rest of the family to hold.
So my placenta never detached and I had a horrible experience from top to bottom because the doctor was either completely in-experienced or took advantage of our ignorance so it could be done and over with. And then to let me believe all these years that it was because of a reason that wasn't even true.