Healing for Mothers’ Loss

‘I have experienced the loss of many loved ones in my life but miscarriage has been the hardest.  That’s because I’ve had to do it on my own. Miscarriage is such a lonely place to be. Nobody talks about it’.
West Cork Mother

Are you grieving and would you like some help?  Your loss may be very recent or a long time ago.  It’s never too late to give yourself time to grieve.

One to One Sessions

‘Stories from the Womb’ One Day Retreats



One to One Sessions

One to one healing sessions for women who have had miscarriages or whose babies have died

‘I have experienced the loss of many loved ones in my life but miscarriage has been the hardest.  That’s because I’ve had to do it on my own. Miscarriage is such a lonely place to be. Nobody talks about it’.
West Cork Mother

Are you grieving and would you like some help?  Your loss may be very recent or a long time ago.  It’s never too late to give yourself time to grieve.

This is a subject very close to my heart as my first baby, Alan was born prematurely at 27 weeks and died very soon afterwards.  This experience led me to create my first book and CD- ‘Letting Go’ a mother’s healing journey through diaries, poetry & song’

Over the years, sound healing has helped me in my grieving process and I now offer this opportunity to other mums.  Below is an example of a sound healing I recorded for those grieving on my son’s anniversary.

What’s involved?  

As a society, we tend not to openly acknowledge these bereavements so a mother often has no opportunity to grieve.  I provide a safe caring space where women can be nurtured by the healing power of sound so that they may begin their healing journey emotionally and spiritually.

In this space, you have time out where you can reflect on and process your grief.  Using sound and angel cards as tools I can help you connect deeply to yourself. The angel cards provide gentle empowering guidance. The sound healing is very relaxing and you can experience healing without ‘doing’ any hard work.  While you are welcome to share your birth story if you would like to, there’s no need if you prefer not to talk about it. These sessions go beyond words and the sound fills in the spaces allowing healing to occur.

One to one sessions

I usually recommend 4 sessions over 4 weeks, each lasting between 1 ½ to 2 hours either at my ‘Shearwater Cottage’ treatment room in west Cork (15 minutes from Clonakilty) or online using Zoom. Zoom is a simple online meeting room, similar to skype that you can download for free onto your phone or computer. When you schedule a session I will send you a link.

The sessions will involve sound healing and angel card readings. In the first 2 sessions, I will be realigning your Assemblage Point.  I also use Reiki energy during my sessions to enhance relaxation and healing.

When you sign up for the sessions, you will receive a copy of my book and CD ‘Letting Go a mother’s healing journey through diaries, poems & songs’ in your preference of physical or digital format..

After the 4 weeks, we will review how you are getting on and you will have the option of further sessions if you feel it would be beneficial to you. Some women have found 6 or more sessions helpful but everyone has their own timing for healing.


‘Twenty six years ago my baby daughter Michelle died at 36 weeks gestation. She was my firstborn… stillborn. Before working with Claire, I was unsure of where I was in my grief for my child. I wanted to explore it within a safe environment and with someone with whom I felt I could demonstrate a vulnerability. After our time together, I feel that I have a clearer understanding of where I am on my grief journey, not only in relation to my grief for Michelle but also for my grief for others whom I loved very much and who have died.  What has changed in my life now after my sessions with Claire is that I appreciate the need for me to give myself more personal space and not to expect too much of myself. Furthermore, after these sessions I know that it is important to let my grief come and go and to allow myself to cry when I need to. What I liked about Claire’s approach was that she portrayed a gentle and calm nature and she had the important attribute of being a good listener. She demonstrated a genuine engagement with me and my grief in all of my sessions with her.  I wholeheartedly without reservation recommend Claire as a therapist to empower a mother in her grief for her child no matter how long the life of that precious child was. She brings a unique positivity to the grief process with her own life experience of her son Alan.’    Elizabeth, Dublin, Ireland


‘Thank you so much for your time and the healing i received over the last 6 weeks. I feel in a much better place than I did at the beginning. I know now that my healing will take time. And that Zoey’s life was a beautiful miracle. Two months ago my baby Zoey died after 4 days on earth. Before working with Claire I still wasn’t really able to process what had happened. It still felt so raw. After our time together I felt calmer and more able to reflect on everything that had happened. I now feel that I have some tools to help me along my grief journey. I learned about the importance of giving myself space and time to heal and felt a big release in my second to last session. What I liked about Claire’s approach was how gentle she is. I recommend Claire because she is gentle yet powerful and helped me to feel on a more even keel after Zoey’s death.’    S.H. Cork, Ireland


What’s the next step?

If you are interested in finding out more, please book a 20-minute complimentary call with me. I can answer any questions you may have and explain more about what I do.  There will be no obligation to sign up.  Some mothers like to book 1 session first to see what it’s like and then upgrade to a package.

If you are ready you can go ahead and book your sessions.

If you and/or your partner would like to have some time out, you may like to book one your own private retreat our lovely self-catering studio, Shearwater Chalet.


‘Stories from the Womb’ One Day Retreats


Welcome to Stories from the Womb

Stories from the womb

Stories from the Womb is a space for us to listen in to that deep part of our bodies and hear what she has to say, what stories she needs to tell and how to heal the wounds we have from carrying these stories for so long.

Stories from the Womb has been created by a group of women who are passionate about breaking the silence we hold our wombs in. Our personal stories of love, loss and power are tied up in this space.

Our aim is to create a physical space for the sharing, hearing and holding of these stories and to provide resources and signposts that you may find helpful to speak your truth and heal your wounds.

Stories from the Womb holds retreats, gatherings and workshops around this theme. The Facebook page has been created to support this work.


When is the Next ‘Stories from the Womb’ Workshop?

Stories from the Womb ~ Loss


This offering holds a space for this grief: for the longing, for the loss.

This day-long retreat allows you to feel into your experience of loss, to find where you carry it, to sit with it and to share it and to offer support to others. Together we will explore ways that you can process your grief, to move through it and to shape it into a new beginning.

What you can expect

The program borrows from a wide variety of disciplines and practices designed to support you. These include a doll-making workshop, meditation, movement, a healing sound bath and sharing circles.

All the activities will be optional and although it can be useful for you to tell your story in this supportive space, it is not essential that you do so.

Click here for  more information on the next workshop and to book a place

Stories from the Womb ~ Reflections on the Journey


Walking through life after the loss of a pregnancy or baby is a journey of epic proportions.

  • There is no road map.
  • No guide book.
  • There is no short cut.
  • The path is hard at times, very hard, so much so you may feel you cannot go on.
  • But you do, you keep going.
  • Step by step.
  • You journey through your life.
  • Forging your own path.
  • Meeting others along the way, whose path may look like yours.
  • But ultimately this is your path.

This retreat gives you the opportunity to step outside your everyday life and reflect on the journey you have been on so far.

You will see how far you have travelled, how strong you are.

We will reflect on what tools you used to navigate and we can then share these with others walking this path also.

We will use different techniques to capture our reflections; journalling, drawing, doodling or just contemplation.

Seeing where we have come from gives us a better idea of where we are going.

The day will be woven together with Qigong, meditation and sound healing.

As with all of our retreats nothing is required of you. You don’t have to speak if you choose not to. We will hold you in this space and honour you, just the same.

Details of next workshop in 2020 coming shortly. Please get in touch if you would like to be notified about upcoming workshops.

The facilitators

Laura Whalen is a mother of 5. She has been a doll maker for 10 years, many of those years making dolls for healing purposes. She has run a number of doll making workshops for women who have experienced child loss/ miscarriage. She works with a number of women’s groups in West Cork and is passionate about bringing a greater focus on important events and experiences in our lives.

Sara Devoy is Cranial sacral therapist that helps to deeply settle mind and body.

Vitality, self-compassion and stillness are the foundations of Saras’ work as a Craniosacral therapist. She loves to support people of all age groups to reconnect with their potential. Sara is fully insured and registered with the Irish Craniosacral Therapy Association. She has a practice in Rosscarbery and Cork City.

Pam Skinner is a mother of 2. She lives in Kilbrittain and teaches Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation. She runs Universal Energy Arts with her partner and has taught all over the world. She has a gentle energy and deep wisdom that she brings to all of her work.

Claire Marie Barton is a sound healer, musician, writer and mother to 2 boys, living in west Cork. The death of her first son who was born prematurely marked the start of her healing journey which led to self-publishing her book & CD ‘Letting Go a mother’s healing journey through diaries, poetry & song’.  In her work as a sound ipractitioner, she uses the simple, yet powerful energy of sound to help you achieve a state of calm and inner peace so you can be present in the moment and flow with life. 



‘I was looking for some time out to honour my feelings and my babies.  Life is so busy we don’t get to do it. I was very anxious and nervous about coming today.  Now I feel much better, more relaxed & grounded. I would recommend the retreat to others because if they have gone through this, they don’t need to bottle up their feelings.  Thank-you for arranging this!!’ Caroline Dineen

Next Steps

Please text or call Claire 087 2323 623 or Sara 087 235 0900,  if you have any questions.

We recommend that you create as much space around this workshop as possible for yourself. Many feelings may start arising in the days and weeks ahead of it and you may need extra support afterwards too.

We ask everyone attending to be aware that this can be an emotional issue and to please be aware of their own mental wellbeing during and after the event. We will provide you with the number of several therapists and services that can help and support you if you require