EDGEWOOD, Md. - Only 9 hours old and Zoe Pilar Henry doesn't mind a television camera. She'll understand why her birth is a big deal in time. For now, mom, dad and the extended family are taking it all in.
"I was asleep and I woke up because my water broke, and when I got up, she was like already coming," said Sydney Johnson, Zoe’s mom.
What a surprise for the second-time mom. Just hours after Johnson's due date passed, Zoe didn't wait on nurses and doctors. The labor and delivery room was in the hallway of her Edgewood home.
"I just felt her head right there," said Johnson.
"i didn't know what to do. I was just taking orders, that's all," said Niran Henry, Zoe’s dad.
A 911 call went out at 4:47 a.m. Wednesday. Zoe was here 11 minutes later.
A paramedic with the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company slipped into the role of a doctor by catching the baby. Firefighters came in to help.
"It was probably two or three pushes but after that it was natural birth and just came out like that," said Teddy Spruell, a volunteer firefighter
After natural birth, Johnson looks fantastic. Her baby girl weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces, and she's 19 inches long.
"I'm just happy that she's healthy and that she's finally here," said Johnson.
As for the volunteers, it's a memorable day on the job and one Zoe will hear about for a lifetime.
"They were really nice. I want to say thank you so much. And they got there so fast and got me here fast," said Johnson.
Zoe and her family are at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. They are expected to go back home to her birthplace Thursday or Friday.