A Russian woman has revealed she and her millionaire husband plan to have up to 105 biological children, after welcoming 10 babies by surrogate in just 10 months.
Christina Ozturk, 23, who is originally from Moscow, met her wealthy hotel owner husband Galip Ozturk, 56, while holidaying in the coastal town of Batumi in Georgia.
Christina, who gave birth to her daughter Vika at the age of 17, said the couple opted to use surrogate mothers because they wanted to quickly have as many children as possible.
Their first child Mustafa was born on 10th March 2020 while their most recent addition, and tenth child together Olivia, was born on 16th January 2021.
The mother-of-11 revealed the pair have discussed having over 100 children, saying: ‘I don’t know how many their will eventually be, but we certainly don’t plan to stop at 10.’
Christina, who insists upon a strict childcare routine, claims her brood of 10 babies sleep ‘from 8pm to 6am’ each night, and said the family’s nannies record each and every detail of the children in a set of diaries.
Christina Ozturk, 23, who is originally from Moscow, is raising 11 children (pictured) with her husband Galip Ozturk, 56, in the coastal town of Batumi in Georgia
After meeting Galip, Christina said they were originally preparing to have a baby every year, but they quickly realised her reproductive ability would not be enough to meet their demands
Christina who is originally from Russia, was a single mother when she decided to take a break by going to the sea in Batumi.
The popular tourism destination at the foot of the Caucasus is often referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of the Black Sea’.
She said it was love at first sight when she met Galip, a property and transport magnate originally from Turkey, on the first day there, and described him as her ‘mentor, guide and fairytale prince all rolled into one’.
Agreeing it was love at first sight, Galip added: ‘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.
The couple (pictured) said it was ‘love at first sight’ when they initially met, before they quickly decided they wanted to have ‘as many children as possible’ with one another
‘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.’
WHAT ARE THE UK SURROGACY LAWS?
In the UK surrogates are the legal mother of any child they carry, unless they sign a parental order transferring their rights to the intended parents when they give birth.
The birth mother always has the right to keep her child, even if they are not genetically related.
It’s illegal to pay a surrogate in the UK, except for medical expenses.
Things progressed quickly for the couple, with Christina and her young daughter Vika moving to Batumi to be with Galip.
Christina said that despite the fact Galip was a lot older than her, and had adult children of his own, he had no objections to having a large family.
The couple agreed that they wanted as many children as they could.
Christina said they were originally preparing to have a baby every year, however quickly realised that her reproductive ability was not enough to meet their demands.
They decided to use surrogate mothers, which costs around $9,707 each pregnancy.
The state of Georgia has allowed surrogacy since 1997 as long as the couple involved are heterosexual and married.
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.
All of Christina’s potential surrogates go through counselling and sign legal paperwork before becoming pregnant with children that are genetically from Christina and her husband.
The couple welcomed their first biological child together in March 2020 before going on to have nine more within the following year (pictured, Galip in August with four of the babies)
Only young women who’ve already had at least one pregnancy are chosen, and checks are made to ensure that they don’t have any bad habits or addictions before joining the programme.
The women are given psychological counselling to make sure that they are ready and prepared for the challenge, which will include giving up the baby when it’s born.
Christina explained: ‘The clinic in Batumi chooses surrogate mothers for us and takes full responsibility for the process.
‘We are not personally acquainted with surrogate mothers and do not have direct contacts with them in order to avoid problems after pregnancy.
All of Christina’s potential surrogates go through counselling and sign legal paperwork before becoming pregnant with children that are genetically from Christina and her husband (pictured, Christina with her 11 children)
Christina and Galip have discussed having more children in the future, but want to wait until their children are older before embarking on another surrogacy journey
‘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 look at the test results.’
The pair have gone on to welcome many children into their brood, with Christina explaining: ‘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 carried by surrogates.’
But the journey has not been straight forward for the couple, with Christina revealing one of the surrogate mothers wanted to keep the child after it was born.
The mother-of-11 claims to do most of the day-to-day childcare herself to make sure she gets quality time with her brood
Because the babies are genetically from Christina and her husband, the surrogate had no rights and had to hand the child over to the couple.
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.
The couple want to have more children, and have discussed having over 100 babies, but have decided to wait until their babies are older before they embark on another surrogacy journey.
Meanwhile 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.
She pointed out that the IVF process is a big strain on the body and she doesn’t want to be pregnant while going through the treatment.
Christina also revealed how all 11 of her children sleep ‘from 8pm to 6am without breaks’ after the couple spent time sleep training them
She explained: ‘We just not ready to talk about the final number. Everything has its time.’
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.
However she also admitted looking after such a large number of children at once has proven more difficult than she thought it would be.
However Christina also admitted looking after such a large number of children at once has proven more difficult than she thought it would be
In one Instagram post, she commented: ‘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 – no amateur activity is allowed, the upbringing of children is strictly according to my instructions.’
Christina said she ‘gives instructions’ on ‘what to read to children, in what order and at what time and with what duration.’
Meanwhile she explained she has a strict routine for dealing with children who are crying, revealing: ‘If the child begins to cry, I forbid you to take him in your arms.’
The mother-of-11 said she personally trains each nanny with a strict routine for her children and provides instructions on the homemade food the children should eat
Instead she said the child should be ‘distracted’ in order to ‘calm down.’
The mother-of-11 claimed she only feeds her children ‘homemade meals’ with ‘no purchased ready-made cans of complementary foods.’
She added: ‘Food is strictly according to grams – not a gram more, not a gram less.’
She also requires nannies take a photograph of each baby’s dirty nappy so that she can determine if the contents is ‘of a good color and consistency.
Meanwhile Christina also revealed she insists upon knowing what books are being read to her children and for what duration
Christina continued: ‘Each child has a diary that records ALL the details of his life – what we ate, how much we ate, how I slept, how I walked, how many went to the toilet, how many were crying, what changes happened with the body.’
After putting the children down to bed, the mother-of-11 works on household chores like making sure the food is in, scheduling menus and health appointments.
The mother-of-11 also revealed how all 11 of her children sleep ‘from 8pm to 6am without breaks’ after the couple spent time sleep training them.
In one recent Instagram post, Christina said her house is ‘full of relaxation’, adding the couple enjoy ‘watching movies and cartoons, eating junk food, playing backgammon and walking with children.’
She added that her eldest daughter often helps her to care for the babies and said she loves being around to care for the babies.
After having 10 children in just 10 months, Christina said the couple plan to have a break before welcoming more into their brood