EARLY YEARS: Whether you have an infant or a teen, an upcoming motherhood summit in Roanoke will help moms connect

The Huddle Up Moms gathering will take place Saturday, July 17 at the Villa Heights Community Center
Lesley Butterfield will share her journey of raising children with special needs at the summit
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 6:00 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - As a mom of four kids, Lesley Butterfield understands the challenges that come with the territory.

Sometimes, they’re unexpected.

“A few of my children have diagnoses, special needs, unique needs and just things they need extra support in different community settings,” says Butterfield. “Definitely accepting the diagnosis and going through that process as a parent, what that means for my child and stepping into the role of being an advocate, as well as a mother.”

Butterfield is sharing her experience as one of several guest speakers at the Roanoke Women’s Resource Summit Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Villa Heights Community Center.

It’s an event through Huddle Up Moms called “Pregnancy & Beyond: A Motherhood Summit.”

“This year we wanted to expand that to moms who may have young kids, kids entering school, all the way up to preteens and teens. So, we thought through each stage of motherhood, and thought what are the key questions that moms would have,” says Director of Community Outreach and Public Relations Kimberly Butterfield.

The in- person gathering will feature experts to help answer those questions, and offer moms a chance to connect with community providers, and each other.

“Having that community and building that village is so important. There’s always someone that is facing your same situation or very similar who can help walk you through it or bounce ideas off of or just gain that support and as moms, that’s so important,” says Lesley Butterfield.

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