Greenfield woman gives birth at home with the help of firefighters

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Firefighters delivered a baby at a south county home.

The baby came quickly Wednesday morning just before dawn, and this isn't the first time the family has gone through a baby being born at home.

"My granddaughter was in there saying, 'Grandma, I think my baby is coming,' I had to get her to lay on the couch. We had about 10 minutes, and that baby was coming," said new great-grandma Linda Delouth.

Chanel Watson, 21, gave birth to Zah’maya Denise Burks at 5:50 a.m.

The crew at Fire Station 52 was first to the home and got there just as Zah’maya was making her debut.

"I said, ‘Come on, she's coming,’ and by the time he got in, the baby was already sliding in his hand," Delouth said.

The family says the fire fighters were terrific and quickly bonded with baby Zah’maya.

"He didn't want to give the baby up," Delouth joked.

This is the third time someone in the family has given birth at home. In fact, the mom in this morning's delivery was herself born at home.

"My 15-year-old daughter had hers at home, had Chanel at home, and then my middle daughter had her baby at home," Delouth said.

Little Zah’maya was 2 months premature and weighed just 3 pounds 11 ounces.

"He says she'll make it. She'll be in the hospital; about 2 months because she was supposed to have it in January," Delouth said.

The family says the surprise birth also means they were caught unprepared. They say they don’t have any of the baby supplies yet.

"We just got to get her stuff together. We thought we were going to wait till January," Delouth said.

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