Russian woman, 24, who welcomed TWENTY ONE surrogate babies in just over a year with millionaire husband, 57, insists she’s still a ‘hands-on mum’ despite spending $100,000 on 16 nannies
A Russia woman has welcomed 21 surrogate babies in just over a year with her millionaire husband – and insists she’s still a ‘hands-on mother’ despite spending £67,700 every 12 months on 16 nannies.
Kristina Ozturk, 24, who is originally from Moscow, wants a staggering 105 biological children with her wealthy hotel owner husband Galip Ozturk, 57, who she met while holidaying in the coastal town of Batumi in Georgia.
The couple have so far paid €168,000 (£142,000) to surrogates between March 2020 and July this year, and spend $96,000 (£67,700) a year on 16 live-in nannies.
However, speaking to Fabulous, Kristina, who also lives with her six-year-old daughter Vika from a previous relationship, insisted: ‘I’m with the kids all the time, doing all the things that mums normally do.’
The parent – who reportedly lives in a three-storey mansion with her family – previously said she and Galip opted to use surrogate mothers because they wanted to have as many children as quickly possible.
Their first child Mustafa was born on March 10 2020 while their most recent addition, and 21st child together Judy, is just three months old.
‘I can tell you one thing – my days are never boring. Each day is different, from planning staff schedules to shopping for my family,’ said Kristina when telling the publication about her routine.
Kristina, who spends £4,000 a week on essentials for the babies, including 20 large bags of nappies and 53 packs of baby formula, shares updates about her hectic life to her Instagram account, where she has 162,000 followers.
Her snaps capture busy mealtimes, the mother playing with the children and the babies being taken out for walks in a group of double prams.
In a recent Instagram Q&A, she explained the family’s routine, revealing that during the week, the children eat separately to their parents, as father Galip is home late from work, reported Fabulous.
The couple’s nannies work a rolling schedule of four days on, two days off and all live-in, with bedrooms near the youngsters and their own kitchen.
When asked on her social media account if each nanny is ‘assigned a particular child’, Kristina said: ‘No, there are no bindings. During the day – of course, a specific one is responsible for a specific child. But during the week the nannies change.’
One fan questioned if the mother was able to ‘spend quality time’ with each of her many children, to which she replied: ‘Many times I have been asked how I have enough for each child, whether I devote time alone to each.
‘Yes. We have a special bond with every child. I wish every parent to be able to spend all their time with their children, because this is the most important thing in life.’
Kristina and Ozturk’s babies are Mustafa, 19 months; Mariam, 18 months; Ayrin, 18 months; Alisa, 18 months; Hasan, 17 months; Judi, 17 months; Harper, 16 months; Teresa, 16 months; Huseyin, 16 months and Anna, 15 months.
As well as Isabella, 15 months; Ismail, 14 months; Mehmet, 14 months; Ahmet, 14 months; Ali, 13 months; Kristina, 13 months; Sara, one; Lokman, one; Galip, 11 months; Olivia, nine months and Judy, three months.
The mother-of-22 previously revealed she and her husband 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.’
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.
Kristina 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.
‘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 Kristina and her young daughter Vika moving to Batumi to be with Galip.
Kristina 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.
Kristina 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 Kristina’s potential surrogates go through counselling and sign legal paperwork before becoming pregnant with children that are genetically from Kristina and her husband.
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.
Kristina 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 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 Kristina explaining: ‘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 Kristina revealing one of the surrogate mothers wanted to keep the child after it was born.
Because the babies are genetically from Kristina and her husband, the surrogate had no rights and had to hand the child over to the couple.
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 Kristina 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. She explained: ‘We just not ready to talk about the final number. Everything has its time.’
The mother 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.
Kristina 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.
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.’
Kristina 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.’ Instead she said the child should be ‘distracted’ in order to ‘calm down.’
The mother 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 colour and consistency’.
Kristina 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 works on household chores like making sure the food is in, scheduling menus and health appointments.
She added that her eldest daughter often helps her to care for the babies and said she loves being around to help.
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