A 23-year-old mom who already has 11 kids says she wants to have 100 more to build the ‘world’s largest family.’
Christina Ozturk is already raising 11 of her biological children and hopes to have dozens more with her husband Galip Ozturk, 56, using surrogate mothers.
The couple lives in the coastal town of Batumi, Georgia, where it’s legal to have babies using surrogate mothers.
Christina, who is originally from Moscow, met Galip, a wealthy hotel owner, while on holiday in the coastal town of Batumi. The popular tourist destination is at the foot of the Caucasus and is often referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of the Black Sea.’
At the time, Christina was a single mother.
Recalling when she first met Galip, she said it was love at first sight, describing him as her ‘mentor, guide and fairytale prince.’
Agreeing it was love at first sight, Galip said:
“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.”
“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 moved quickly for the couple, with Christina and her young daughter Vika moving in with Galip soon after their first encounter.
Despite Galip being more than twice older than Christina and having adult children of his own, he wanted to have a large family.
The two then agreed they wanted as many children as possible.
Christina revealed that they had initially hoped to have a baby every year. However, she realized her reproductive ability wasn’t enough to keep up with their ambitious goal.
So, they decided to use surrogate mothers, which costs about $9,707 per pregnancy.
“The clinic in Batumi chooses surrogate mothers for us and takes full responsibility for the process.”
“We don’t personally acquaint with surrogate mothers and do not have direct contacts with them in order to avoid problems after 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. I also look at the test results.”
And since Galip and Christina are financially stable, they are now parents to 10 babies, in addition to Vika.
“At the moment, I have 10 children with the latest addition, Olivia, who arrived at the end of last month. I gave birth to my eldest daughter Vika myself six years ago.”
“The rest of the children are genetically ours from my husband and I, but were from surrogates.”
But the journey hasn’t been straightforward for the couple.
Christina revealed that one of the surrogate mothers wanted to keep the child after giving birth.
But since the baby was genetically from Christina and Galip, the surrogate mom had no right to keep the baby.
Christina and Galipwants to have more children and has discussed having more than 100 babies.
However, they have decided to wait until their current babies are a bit older before embarking on another surrogacy journey.
Christina hasn’t also ruled out giving birth to more babies herself. But she admitted it wasn’t ‘practical’ at the moment with so many small kids.
“I don’t know how many they will eventually be, but we certainly don’t plan to stop at 10. […] We just not ready to talk about the final number. Everything has its time.”
The young mom also revealed that many people assume she has an army of nannies.
Surprisingly, she does most day-to-day childcare herself and spends each day giving care and attention to her babies.
However, she admitted looking after many kids at once has proven more difficult than she anticipated.
In one Instagram post, she said:
“I spend the maximum amount of time with my children, but when I’m not with them, I control everything…”
“I teach each nanny independently when applying for a job and I don’t allow any amateur activity. The upbringing of children is strictly according to my instructions.”
Christina also has strict routines for dealing with kids who are crying.
“If the child begins to cry, I forbid you to take him in your arms.”
Instead, she said you need to distract the baby for them to ‘calm down.’
Christina also said that her eldest daughter Vika often helps to look after the babies — she also loves being around her younger siblings.