While in labor with my first child in the past, 15 years back, I requested an epidural. Unfortunately, the epidural caused a total spinal block. Within seconds of the anesthesia being injected, I felt my arms numb. The next thing I remember is being laid down and rushed into the theatre. I blocked out at this point. I was briefly woken to be told they would perform a Cesarean section. I spent the night, and the effects of all the drugs wore off. I am now pregnant with my second child and have been offered an elective section with a spinal instead of an epidural so I can remain awake. My consultant was not very clear at explaining how the spinal works, and due to previous experience, I am worried it will also go wrong. No one could tell me why the epidural did what it did, so how is a spinal deemed safe in my situation? Is it likely to also cause a total spinal block? Are there any other risks with a spinal that I am unaware of?