On September 20th, KVUE News interviewed Dr. Sally Grogono of the OB/GYN Group of Austin, about the new nitrous oxide pain protocol for laboring moms at Seton Medical Center Austin. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is now being used as a form of pain management by many moms to ease childbirth.
“It’s all patient controlled,” Dr. Sally Grogono said. “So every time they have a contraction, they breathe the nitrous oxide. They can’t overdo it. There are safety measures in place.”
Nitrous oxide can be used anytime during pregnancy, but you are unable to combine it with IV pain medication or an epidural. Dr. Grogono explains that if a patient wants an epidural, they are able to use the nitrous oxide first, let it wear off, and then can request an epidural after.
Learn more about Dr. Sally Grogono and her passion for obstetrics!
What drew you to The OB/GYN Group of Austin?
The personalities of the doctors in the group drew me to this practice. They’re awesome, wonderful doctors.
What would you like every patient to know?
That personally, I’ve been there. Especially for the obstetrics side of it, because I’ve had a high-risk pregnancy myself. Obviously, before I had my high-risk pregnancy I cared about my patients, but now that I’ve had a child in the ICU myself, I understand the mothers even better. I’m more passionate about obstetrics because of my personal experience and my patients can see that I’m empathic to their situation because I’ve been there.
What differentiates your approach to practicing obstetrics and gynecology from other providers?
For me, it is all about the bond with patients. We are all great doctors, but personally, my focus is the relationships. I could be delivering a baby or just catching up with a friend and I’m just happy to be strengthening that relationship.
What is your favorite part of your workday?
Obstetrics is my passion, I love OB, I love delivering babies. There is nothing better than bringing a baby into the world.
Also, I really enjoy first patient exams because it’s the first time they’ve been to an OBGYN. I love showing them it’s not bad or scary and teaching them the right way to relax. I help them see that it won’t hurt so they aren’t scared to come back and I try to keep it light and joke with them so they feel comfortable.
What daily healthy habits do you practice?
A personal goal of mine is 2 liters of water a day, but I’m still working on it. Also, I love exercising on the River Place Nature Trail. It’s the absolute best. The whole trail is 6 miles and it’s intense because it’s built on hills, but I just love it.
What most excites you about the future of women’s health care?
We are focusing more on the experience for obstetrics and are really trying to have this warm, fuzzy, emotional bonding experience. It’s gotten better with time and I think it’ll improve with more time. Also, genetic testing has improved and I think that’s neat because we will be coming so far with gene therapy and cancer prevention and it’s an exciting time in that respect.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Grogono, here!