Dubská and Krejzová v. Czech Republic (2016)

Both applicants in the case wished to give birth at home. However as a result of Czech policies which did not permit health professionals to attend home births, they were unable to obtain a midwife to assist them. As a result, the first applicant, Ms. Dubská, gave birth at home alone, while the second applicant, Ms. Krejsová, gave birth in a maternity hospital. The applicants alleged that by preventing them from giving birth at home in the presence of a skilled birth attendant the Czech Republic had violated their rights to private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.