A young mom with 11 babies hopes to have dozens more through surrogate mothers.
Christina Ozturk, 23, and her husband Galip Ozturk, 56, already have 11 kids in their household, one of which Christina had herself, and 10 in the last two years with surrogate mothers.
Christina lives with her millionaire hotel owner husband, Galip, in the coastal town of Batumi in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
The young mom loves family life with businessman husband Galip, that the couple is willing to spend up to $1 million on having 100 babies by surrogate.
“At the moment, I have ten children with the latest addition, Olivia, who arrived at the end of last month,” Christina told Newsflash media. “I gave birth to my eldest daughter Vika myself six years ago. The rest of the children are genetically ours from my husband and me, but were carried by surrogates.”
The mom of 11 joked on her social media account that she loves children so much, she wants 105 kids. But even though she admitted that it was just a random number, she is definitely eager to have many more babies.
“I don’t know how many they will eventually be, but we certainly don’t plan to stop at ten,” she said. “We are just not ready to talk about the final number. Everything has its time.”
She added that she had to spend $9,000 on surrogacy for each of their 10 children. Surrogacy was made legal in Georgia in the year 1997, for couples who are married and heterosexual.
The child that is born automatically goes to the people who provided the genetic material for the conception, and the surrogate does not have any rights.
Surrogacy is an agreement, often supported by a legal accord, whereby a woman, the surrogate mother, agrees to bear a child for another person, who will become the child’s parent after birth.
People may seek out surrogacy arrangements when pregnancy is medically impossible, when pregnancy risks are too dangerous for the intended mother, or when a single man or a male couple wish to have a child. Surrogacy is considered one of many assisted reproductive technologies.
The young mom, who is originally from Russia, was a single mother when she decided to take a break by going to the sea in Batumi, the second-largest city in Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea.
She said it was love at first sight when she met Galip on her first day there and described him as her “mentor, guide, and fairytale prince all rolled into one.”
Galip said it was love at first sight for him as well.
“She is so easy to be with, she always has a smile on her lips and yet at the same time is shy and mysterious,” Galip told Newsflash. “She was the kind of wife I always wanted for myself, an uncut diamond where I saw what a pure and kind heart she had.”
Things progressed quickly for the couple, with Christina and her young daughter Vika moving to Batumi to be with Galip. She said that despite the fact Galip was a lot older than her he had no objections to the large family, even though he already had adult children of his own.
Christina, who gave birth to her daughter Vika at the age of 17, said the couple decided to use surrogate mothers because they wanted to quickly have as many children as possible.
Christina said they were originally preparing to have a baby every year, however quickly realized that her reproductive ability was not enough to meet their demands.
After welcoming eldest son Mustafa in March 2020, his siblings quickly followed, including Maryam on 17th April, twins Alice and Airin on 19th April, Mekhmet on August 21st, Lokman on November 10th, and most recently Olivia on January 16th January 2021.
All of the potential candidates go through counseling and sign legal paperwork before becoming pregnant with children that are genetically from Christina and her husband.
“The clinic in Batumi chooses surrogate mothers for us and takes full responsibility for the process,” Christina explained. “We are not personally acquainted with surrogate mothers and do not have direct contacts with them in order to avoid problems after pregnancy.”
A clinic deals with the surrogate mothers, while Christina and Galip monitor health indicators and set a meal plan during pregnancy.
“All communication takes place through the clinic, we only monitor health indicators, I make up a dietary menu for mothers so that the food is complete,” Christina added. “I look at the test results.”
The couple only chooses young women who have already had at least one pregnancy and don’t have any bad habits or addictions.
The women are given psychological counseling to make sure that they are ready and prepared for the challenge, which will include giving up the baby when it’s born.
The couple wants to have more children, and have discussed having over 100 babies, but have decided to wait until their babies are older before they get on another surrogacy journey.
For now, Christina hasn’t ruled out giving birth to more babies biologically but said it was “not practical” at the moment with so many young children.
The mother-of-11 revealed many people assume she has an army of nannies, but she says she tries to spend as much time as she can with her large family.
Christina claims to do most of the day-to-day childcare herself and makes sure she spends each day giving care and attention to her babies.
Clearly, money isn’t an issue for the couple, so the only obstacle they face is time. If they want to have 100 kids, it will most likely take them around 20 more years to make this a reality.