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Twice as nice: Hanford OB-GYN surpasses 1,000 delivery mark with surprise arrival of twins

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HANFORD - Dr. Douglas W. Talk, OB-GYN, at Adventist Health Hanford, has kept track of all his deliveries over his eight years practicing medicine. When the count reached 999, he knew he would welcome a thousandth baby into the world in the days following. He also knew that things rarely go as planned for expecting couples.

Just as Talk arrived for on-call duty at the Birth Center on Saturday, July 28, Ashley Willingham and Jose Roberto Estrada Jr. also checked-in.

“We had a C-section scheduled for Aug.,” says Willingham, “but they came early!”

Estrada was on the way to work as a detailer and turned around immediately when he learned Willingham’s water broke unexpectedly.

Willingham has been a patient of Adventist Health Medical Office – Women’s Health on Harris Street throughout her pregnancy. The couple was initially nervous because their regular OB-GYN was unavailable for surgery. When they learned Talk would care for Willingham during the delivery, they were instantly at ease. “They told us he had so much experience,” says Estrada. 

The couple also had become familiar with him through a recent Facebook post they’d been following about Talk’s recent transition from Naval Air Station Lemoore to Adventist Health medical offices. “He seemed awesome,” Willingham says, “Everyone was saying he was very friendly, nice and respectful.”

Talk surpassed his 1,000 delivery milestone and helped Willingham and Estrada bring a healthy baby girl and boy into the world. “I had no idea who my patient was going to be and I never expected to deliver twins!” he says.

The twins also had been a big surprise to the couple. Twins don’t run in the family. At first, the couple was scared and overwhelmed by the news.

“I was standing, and then I landed on the floor,” says Estrada. Expecting only one child, the couple grew more excited as they saw the babies’ development during ultrasound appointments.

“Now that they’re here, it’s beyond happiness,” he says.

The proud parents of the new boy and girl are long-time Hanford residents. Willingham, originally from Fresno, moved to the area about six years ago. Her partner, Estrada, has been living in Hanford since he was 5. The two learned they were having twins about 2 1/2 months into the pregnancy. These are Estrada’s first children and Willingham’s third and fourth.

Their experience with Talk lived up to the Facebook reviews. Being a first-time father, Estrada was very nervous, and Talk helped ease his fears. Willingham says she felt scared, but Talk provided excellent care and checked in on the couple in the days following the deliveries. “I’m relieved and happy. Ready to just go home and start our journey as parents to twins.”

“My favorite part of being an OB-GYN is to be present in such an important moment in a family’s life,” Talk says.

The couple looks forward to raising the children in Hanford. They have seen the city change with increasing opportunities for the youth of tomorrow. “My hope is that they grow up healthy. I want to give them the choice to become anything they want to be,” says Estrada. Willingham says they will encourage their twins to be themselves and follow their hearts to find their own identity as they grow up.

The couple and the twins went home on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Talk may be reached at Adventist Health Medical Office – Women’s Health with a phone number of (559)-537-0250; and at Adventist Health Physicians Network in the Lacey Medical Plaza with a number of (559)-537-0375.