I am a labor and delivery nurse.
AT OUR HOSPITAL, you are typically in the recovery room for approx 3hrs after a c-section. This is pretty typical even with an epidural.
We like to have you lying relatively flat after the c-section is complete due to blood pressure issues. If your blood pressure remains stable, you can usually sit up it the recovery room bed AND NURSE the baby.
At our hospital, the baby is right there with you in the recovery room, as long as the baby 'looks good' after delivery. We give the baby a bath right there in the recovery room and you can nurse while in there also.
You are usually encouraged to walk within 12hrs of c-section.
Many people experience "the shakes" with ALL forms of anesthesia.
Hope that helps!