Look for volunteer doula programs - then you can start right away and not have to be certified or anything (just usually go through a training with the volunteer program and have a free schedule where you can attend births). I wish I could give you info about volunteer program locations, but unfortunately i only know of the one i was a part of in San Diego.
Everyone else that is going to OHSU - have you heard anything from financial aid? I am wondering if I should be doing something now like looking for loans or something? I really have no idea how this whole financing grad school works? Anyone know anything about this? Thanks!