Victoria Wood wants to help as many babies as possible be born safely. The O’Fallon resident will soon embark on a journey to become a Missionary Midwife in Tlaxcala, Mexico.
Missionary midwives are faith based individuals that seek to help give the best prenatal, birth, and postnatal care possible to many who cannot afford such care around the world. Wood first heard about the practice from a friend.
“A friend of mine in Ghana, Africa shared a story of his friend who, because she was a village girl, did not receive adequate medical assistance when she was in labor. She did not have options to choose which hospital to go to, which doctor she was most comfortable with or whether or not to do birthing classes before labor. She was uninformed and scared and her birth experience was a terrible one. She never received prenatal or postpartum check-ups. Her baby later died by unknown cases (what we would call SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). She was overlooked and uncared for. My heart broke and I knew I wanted to be a part of the solution,” she explained.