Hi! I experienced that scenerio (general anesthesia) twice. With my 1st child & my 4th. I struggled with it a little bit for the birth of my oldest. I went into the hospital in very early labor with nurses telling me I'd be there for a long time since he was my first & just remember things suddenly went very wrong... My water broke, one little foot was hanging out of me & I had the terrible urge to push, with nurses yelling at me not to... I was put out, under general anesthesia in an emergency situation, with no warning. When I woke up, I didn't even know what happened at first... I remember the nurse telling me I had a son & I asked her if he was alive. For all I knew, I could have been there getting my tonsils out, lol... I was just totally confused & traumatized. They had to go get my husband, so I woke up with nobody that I even recognized around me. Not exactly the wonderous birth story I had fantasized about or planned for, and I did feel like I missed out on something big, but I learned to accept it. The most important thing being that he was okay & I was okay and not to mention, I have one of the most crazy birth stories my friends had ever heard, lol. "His foot was born first?! Just one foot?!" yup!
With my youngest child, I went into labor unexpectedly 2 weeks before her scheduled date. My epidural wouldn't take & I was not numb when the doctor needed to start the c-section. He said they had no choice but to put me under. At that point, I was in so much pain, I would have said okay to being hit over the head with a hammer, so I was fine with it. When I woke up, I had a beautiful daughter waiting for me. And I didn't have the disappointment or confusion like I did the first time - just joy that it was over & she was safe.