I have known I want to have a career related to birth ever since I was pregnant with my first baby. Right now, what I really want is to become a Hypnobabies instructor. Kerry will be doing phone interviews for the 2011 instructor trainings starting in August. I will need some sort of background in both hypnosis and birth as prerequisites for the training. They offer their own "intro" courses for people without these backgrounds. I'm planning on doing their hypnosis intro course, but I'm not sure what to do about the childbirth part. I don't have any formal background in childbirth, but I think the "intro to childbirth" course would not have much new information for me since I've researched it so much on my own. I am considering getting doula certified. I would like to work as a doula when my kids are older, but I think attending births wouldn't fit in with my current life, especially since I don't live near any family who could watch my kids while I ran off to a birth. I originally planned to wait and get DONA certified closer to when I will be ready to attend births, but then I discovered Childbirth International's doula cert. program, which is done all homestudy and online and they don't require yearly membership dues to maintain certification. I would have to attend 2 births to get certified. I actually have 3 friends from church who are all pregnant right now and are all planning natural births, so I think I could work out doula-ing for 2 of them. I think I would grow a lot doing doula certification, but I just don't know if now is really the time for me to get it. Any advice?