Our History

The Two Rivers Birth team began in 2005, and has been in a continuous evolution since then. We are excited for each change as it comes, and look forward to continuing to grow our services and skills in the future.


  • In 2005 Laurel Carpenter received training as a Birth Doula.

  • In 2006 Laurel began providing Birth Doula Services to the birthing families of Western Colorado. 

  • In 2007 Laurel also began offering Placenta Encapsulation Services.

  • In 2010 Laurel opened Two Rivers Birth Services.

  • In 2012 we opened our first office and offered a meeting space for prenatal visits, community outreach events, and a pregnancy and childbirth lending library. 

  • In 2012 we saw our team grow as Jennifer Oviatt joined us to offer additional Placenta Encapsulation Services. 

  • In 2013 we saw our team grow again as Miranda Richardson joined us to offer Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis classes.

  • In 2013 we moved into our fabulous new office space in the Castle Creek Offices, just off of Main Street in historic Downtown Grand Junction. We are able to host larger classes than ever before, and we are proud to have a dedicated placenta kitchen in the new office.

  • In 2014 we saw our team grow again as Ruth Ripple joined us as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and Jennifer Oviatt added doula services to her skill-set.

  • In 2015 Angela Bunnell, Samantha Nichols, and Tara Nichols joined our team. Angela offers Birth Boot Camp classes and Tara & Samantha offer borth doula services.

  • In 2016 we expanded our office space, increasing our classroom capacity to 14 students and adding a second placenta encapsulation workspace.

  • In 2017 Katherine Bell joined our team. She offers the Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth Classes.

  • We look forward to partnering with your family as our team and our services continue to grow in the future.