I am not a doula -- so sorry if i shouldn't post about this -- but I am moma and and TTC number tow.
so call me a client
there is one only -- i think -- in our area.
i do not know how high demand is -- but i think it would be great, again, if people knw about it.
we have talked about loking for one next time -- depending on family.
I think that more education and marketing in -- in general -- needed.
Any doula who can afford it should try to set up a web page -- even one page without links -- beacuse so many people research on the internet -- and seeing a face and a little bio is a lot better than jsut a name and phone number -- and the web bage can also expalin a little more, you know FAQ -- so people feel like they know a little more before they contact you (no more fear of asking somethig stupid) -- this would be good for birth adn PP doula -- but as birth doulas are a little better known (a little) maybe it would be more importnat for the pp ons?
I really think a PP had it right -- connect with the birth educators. they talk about birth doula and they can talk abotu pp doulas -- a fam might not, then diecdied they want one, but at least the idea is there, a seed is planted.
Also baby fairs. locally both big hosiptals have one 2X a year. the one i went to was cool. yes there was a lot of main stream stuff -- formula compnies and day care groups and so on -- butttttttttttt i also met the WAHM who makes all the colth dipers i use there, and there were other cool things / people there. a nice posterboard display with some flyers, maybe lay your bag of tricks out on the table and visit with some moms -- again -- if nothing else it plants the seed and gets not only your name -- but the whole concept out there. The one i went to had cloth diapers, baby wearing but no doulas (CNM were there as they have privilages).
I am not sure as a pp you'd get as much work -- but for now -- due to time issues with family -- maybe that would be enough? later you could add birth doula to your hat if you wanted to.
soemthing else to think about -- have you considered certifying as a CBE? it allows for more set sechdule -- whiel still serving the birthing community.