First it was Octomom and now it’s the Duggers. Moms of big families will always face both curiosity and scrutiny by other people, and 23-year-old Christina Ozturk of Batumi, Georgia, is no exception. The mom of 11, one she gave birth to herself and 10 she had via gestational surrogate, recently shared that she and her millionaire husband, 56-year-old Galip Ozturk, have no plans to stop having more kids any time soon. After welcoming 10 children in 10 months, she’s speaking out against the people who might judge her and her family.
The mom explained that she gave birth to her eldest daughter, Vika, six years ago.
Vika was born when Ozturn was 17, but after meeting her now-husband Galip, the two decided they wanted to have many children, as fast as possible, the Daily Mail reported. They wanted to have a baby a year, but they quickly realized that it would be too hard on Ozturk physically, so they turned to gestational surrogacy.
Their first child together, Mustafa, was born on March 10, 2020, quickly followed by Maryam on April 17, twins Alice and Airin on April 19, Mekhmet on August 21, Lokman on November 10, and then three more. Their youngest, Olivia, was born January 16, 2021.
While discussing the kids she’s welcomed via surrogacy over the past 10 months, she told the Sun, “At the moment, I have 10 children with the latest addition, Olivia, who arrived at the end of last month."
Vika was carried by Ozturk and “the rest of the children are genetically ours from my husband and I, but were carried by surrogates," she added.
Eleven kids would be a lot for anyone, but Ozturk and her husband want many, many more.
The Sun reported that the parents loosely said they were willing to have 105 children, but in a recent post on the Ozturks’ Instagram page, @batumi_mama, she clarified that that number was merely figurative, to show that she and her husband wanted more babies.
“When I started blogging, I had five children and a consonant number that showed the desire to have a LARGE number of children was 105,” she explained in a post translated to English.
“It was taken as a joke with a finger to the sky, when I had only my friends, acquaintances and acquaintances of acquaintances in my subscriptions, when there were only 3000 subscribers,” she continued.
“The number 105 only served as a catchy element in the profile header!”
Although she’s used the number 105 on her social media page, “It does not mean that we are planning to have 105 children.”
She and her husband “don’t know how many they will eventually be, but we certainly don’t plan to stop at ten,” she explained in her interview with The Sun, referring to her plans for future surrogacy. “We’re just not ready to talk about the final number. Everything has its time.”
In Ozturk’s home country, each round of surrogacy can cost around $11,265.16 each time they do it.
“The clinic in Batumi chooses surrogate mothers for us and takes full responsibility for the process,” she explained. “We are not personally acquainted with surrogate mothers and do not have direct contacts with them in order to avoid problems after pregnancy.”
Money doesn’t seem to be an object for the couple, which means they can have any many kids as they’d like.
However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t being responsible in their effort to grow their brood.
“We are all adults and make decisions on our own, and not because a stranger tells us to do one way or another,” she wrote on Instagram.
"As for finance[s], as many people write, ‘what will happen if that or if that?’’ We have foreseen the financial component more than one generation in advance, so do not worry about this part.”
Some people might worry about overpopulation, she says, but that isn’t a concern for them.
“There are people who destroy the planet, and there are those who do everything to restore it,” she wrote. “We are from the second category of people who appreciate what is given to us from above and we will also teach our children to take care, preserve and increase what is given to us.”
It’s unclear when they will have their next child or if they plan to have more children in the next year.