I'm a local Maternity Services user rep sitting on the Laboopur Ward Forum at St. George's and was until recently a member of the South West London Maternity Network. They have a page detailing information on maternal request Caesarean http://www.swlmaternitynetwork.nhs.uk/n ... o-leaflet/
St. George's, Kingston, Epsom St. Helier, and Croydon have drawn up a leaflet in common.
There are definitely risks to mother and baby that there would not be if a Caesarean were not done. If there is an issue with either mother or baby these outweigh the risks/reourcsussions of major surgery, which is what it is.
As an NCT teacher I have taught a couple of women who have been well supported in their decision to opt for caesarean birth but many more who have had a change of mind, and been very happy with it, after considered discussions with maternity staff. It's not a question of cost, as is often thought, but concern for safety.
Hope that helps.