Whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section, the process of collecting your newborn baby’s stem cells is a safe, painless procedure that won’t disrupt you, your baby, or your birth plan. After your baby is born, your baby’s umbilical cord is clamped and cut. That’s when your caregiver will insert the collection needle into the cord to collect the remaining blood. (If cord blood isn’t collected, it’s generally discarded as medical waste.) 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. Three tubes of maternal blood are also drawn for testing.