A caesarean section involves using surgery to bring your baby into the world. A cut is made and the baby is lifted out by a clinician. You should not feel any pain. Most caesarean operations are performed with an epidural anaesthetic, which allows you to be awake when your baby is born. Your doctor or the anaesthetist will discuss and explain which anaesthetic is best for you.
Caesarean sections are carried out because a vaginal birth is not possible or safe. It can be just as satisfying as a vaginal delivery and you should not feel this is in any sense a failure.
if you are having an elective caesarean section, check out the the National Women's Caesarean Section information leaflet [PDF, 317 KB] or the fantastic video below.