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Whether you have a vaginal birth or a C-section, the process of collecting your newborn baby’s stem cells is safe, painless, and non-disruptive to you, your baby, and your birth plan. After your baby is born, your baby’s umbilical cord is clamped and cut. That’s when your caregiver will insert a needle into the umbilical cord to collect the remaining blood. (If cord blood isn’t collected, it’s generally discarded as medical waste.) Once the collection is finished, your OB or midwife will seal the bag, attach the pre-printed label with your family’s information, and place it in the ViaCord collection kit. If you’ve decided to bank your baby’s cord tissue, the umbilical cord will be cleaned and placed in a special storage cup. From start to finish, the cord blood collection process takes about five minutes.