I don't really have a village.
I didn't join a mother's group because of the circumstances of my life at the time - it was mortifying and I didn't feel like I could unload on strangers so couldn't see the point if it wasn't going to be a transparent, genuine friendship.
I have no family in Australia. My husband ended up leaving me, although he generally steps up quite nicely for DS (but will only very rarely do any extra than he has committed to).
I live in the country and the only people I know are at least 20 years older than me. They will help me out if I ask but I don't really ask them very much. I think I have shame about not being on top of things and I don't want to overstay my welcome.
I'm feeling this very keenly tonight. I am sick again, and had the day off work. Tonight DS is clearly coming down with what I have, so I am expecting that I will have a rough night. I can't really miss another day tomorrow, unless he goes downhill or gets sent home from cc. I don't even really have anyone reliable on my emergency contacts list.
But...I muddle along. I haven't topped myself yet :-) I find I just have to do what I can when I can. My DS is happy and health and well-adjusted. So to answer your question, I don't think you *need* a village, but given the choice, I would most definitely take one.
Hope your day picked up Miss Betty x