Every day I learn something new from my patients and last week was no exception. As I writer, I revere the spoken and written word which allows creativity that is only limited by the boundaries of our imagination. Science, especially quantum physics, has taught us that there is a world that exists beyond the physical realm.  Our five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and sound provide us with a tool kit to experience life to its fullest dimension. Yet there are people who allegedly have gifts that exceed our five senses; they have a “sixth” sense if you will.

The story of Priscilla Dunstan is fascinating. She had a photographic memory for sound; a gift of hearing amplified sound, vibrational rates and seeing colors that were associated with these sounds as a child. When she became a new mother later in life, she began to understand the patterns of cries of her newborn baby. It has been rumored for years that newborns have distinct cries for different needs such as hunger and discomfort. However, Dunstan has taken this model a step further and decoded the cries into a language that she demonstrated on the Oprah Winfrey Show three years ago. I admit, I’m a late bloomer (starting medical school at the age of 30 and marrying at age 37) but was fascinated when one of my patients stated that she had tested Dunstan’s theory on her newborn son and it worked.

Dunstan, according to the Oprah Winfrey Show, has shared her research with Brown University who had been studying babies’ cries but Dunstan actually decoded the “precry” sound of babies’ cry as opposed to the “hysterical” cry of babies. According to Dunstan, there are five words that all babies say regardless of race and culture:

  1. “Eh” – need to burp
  2. “Owh” – needs sleep
  3. “Ne” – hungry and needs to eat
  4. “Eair” – has lower gas pain
  5. “Heh” – there’s discomfort

Newborns of eight mothers used Dunstan’s language on the Oprah Winfrey show and all claim that it helped them tremendously. They were able to attend to the needs of their babies and avoided their usual wailing.

Hush! Do you hear that? It’s the sound every new mom longs to hear . . .  silence . . . and it’s golden.