Maternal instinct is a myth: Mothers and fathers are equally good at recognising their baby"s cry

Is maternal instinct a myth Mothers and fathers are EQUALLY good at recognising their baby's cry A parent's ability to identify their baby's cry is determined by the amount of time they spend with the child, not by their gender By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 09:21 GMT, 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:45 GMT, 17 April 2013 Maternal instinct may not be all that it is cracked up to be, according to new research.