Heart Warriors: Arlington, VA Family and Child Photographer / by Megan Landmeier

Learning your newborn or even unborn baby has a heart defect can be terrifying.  In our experience, the waiting and fear were harder than the surgery itself, and Ellie was amazingly resilient.  

I photographed a number of children, ages newborn to high school senior, with congenital heart defects in honor of CHD Awareness Month.  This collage also includes their siblings, and one mama with a CHD herself.

You'll notice kids with Down syndrome disproportionately represented.  Kids with Down syndrome have about a 40-50% chance of having some kind of heart defect.

Like Ellie's cute zipper club shirt?  It's from Capitol Maker.