Pending a doctors approval and some information about the ramifications of this procedure, I think women should be able to request a caesarean section. The difference between a vaginal delivery and a caesarean section seem to vary from mother to mother and baby to baby. I personally have delivered four children vaginally and had great delivery and recovery times. But if others want the option to deliver their children differently, I think that is perfectly legitimate.
It is the mom's body, and the mom's baby, she should have every right to have it in any way she may choose to. It is not a doctor's place to tell her she cannot. If she wants a caesarean she should be allowed to have one. It's really about as simple as that in my opinion. As I say, it's her body, so it should be her choice.
I was once in this very situation. As a young first time mom, I was very scared of the process and wanted a caesarean. I requested one several times at my doctor visits. My doctor declined and assured me that when it was over, I'd be very glad I did not have a caesarean. In labor, I repeatedly made c-section requests with nurses responses being "no, you don't want that", or "trust me, a c-section is worse."
It turns out, they were right. I am very glad I didn't have a c-section. However, I feel like I should have at least had the option. Looking back, when I requested it with my doctor, I would have appreciated education on the differences, risks and facts, rather than just being told that in the end, I would be glad I didn't have one. If given the option after being educated on c-sections, I doubt I would have chosen to have one.
I think women should be allowed to request one, but with proper education and knowledge given by healthcare professionals before the decision is made.
A great deal of caesarean sections have been successfully performed and they do not post a great risk to mother or child. In some cases, it is actually a lot safer for women to have a caesarean section than to deliver naturally.
The most important consideration is that a woman knows her body best and should be allowed to have control over the decisions regarding her childbirth. If a caesarean section is the safest option for her, she should be allowed to request it.