September 15, 2015 05:50 PM

It’s a girl!

Survivor contestants John and Candice Cody welcomed a daughter on Saturday, Sept. 12, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.

Beatrix Leigh Cody was born at 10:25 p.m. at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. She weighed in at 7 lbs., 4 oz and was 19.5 inches long.

“She’s absolutely perfect,” John, 32, tells PEOPLE. “Candice and Bixie did wonderfully in the hospital and are home safe and sound.”

Courtesy John and Candice Cody

Adds Candice, 32: “Nothing prepares you for the joy of seeing the birth of your baby. We’ve never been more in love with each other as we begin this exciting journey as a little family!”

It’s the first child for the couple, who most recently appeared on Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013. (It was his first appearance; she had previously competed on two earlier seasons.)

Both John and Candice now work as physicians — he as an orthopaedic surgeon and she as an anesthesiologist — in the Washington, D.C., area.

Courtesy John and Candice Cody

— Steve Helling

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